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The shortest path from A to B is a straight line, but is it the best road? After 13 years as an expat, I’m back in Melbourne, Australia, with time to look at where I’ve been, where I’m going and why the heck I haven’t published that novel yet. The protagonist in my work in progress is an expat blogger, so I figured I better get some firsthand experience with my own blog. When the time is right, I look forward to introducing you to Tara Scott.

The Story So Far …

STARTING TO WRITE … Baby Steps is about deciding to become a writer. The Value of Failure promotes the idea that “Failure isn’t a permanent state. What counts is how you respond when staring down the jaws of defeat.” The Adventures of Sexy Legs and Pipsqueak and Curtis Brown Creative Guest Blog discuss the power of having writing buddies and using writing resources. 29 Brown Street describes the three levels of edits—structural, line and copy. The Writer’s Hour shows how time vanishes when writing and I give My Top Four Editing Tips.

EXPAT LIFE …  I give Four Tips for Surviving Compound LifeFeminism and the Expat Spouse examines my quandary of leaving my job to become an expat spouse and Career and the Expat Spouse continues this discussion.

THE NIGERIAN ADVENTURE … In Sunrise Court I discuss my move to Nigeria and the value of saying out loud, “I am a writer.” Ishahayi Beach School Foundation describes how we built a school. In Tales from Lagos I discuss the editing process for Nigerian Gems and Nigerian Gems—In Print At Last celebrates the book going live. I pick up a new hobby in Get Ready to Salsa.

INTERVIEWS … I chat with people I admire who have changed jobs or countries and have their own winding narratives. Susan Bradfield: From Physiotherapist to PhotographerKaren Quist: From Beauty Therapist to Copywriter/Photographer.

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